The MOMS Partnership® is identified as a "Promising Model" in a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine titled, "Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity."
The 503-page report, released July 25, outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities.
The MOMS Partnership is an evidence-based, community-driven program that offers mental health and trauma-related services and parenting and job readiness programs to single mothers in at-risk neighborhoods in New Haven. The program provides stress management and personal skills for work success courses and parent coaching. Services are provided in locations where participants live, including grocery stores, shelters, community colleges, libraries, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center, is Director of the MOMS Partnership.
MOMS Partnership is working to implement its programs in other locations, including Washington, DC., Vermont, and Kentucky. Similar efforts are planned for Bridgeport, CT., and New York City.